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First-ever Chief Technology Officer of New York City Delivers Keynote at Avasant’s Empowering Beyond Summit

EB summit NY New York: On Thursday, May 5th, Avasant hosted its flagship thought leadership event, Empowering Beyond NY 2016, at the New York Athletic Club. The event, sponsored by HCL Technologies and TCG Digital, brought together C-Suite executives from a broad range of industries for a powerful forum on how AI, Automation and IoT can enrich the human experience. The event featured a thought-provoking keynote from Minerva Tantoco, Chief Technology Officer of New York City, on building smart cities of the future through digital technologies. A panel of CXOs representing various industries from Financial Services to Retail and Telecom discussed how digital transformation could enhance business value. Michelle Mosolgo, Chief Technology Officer of Merck, closed the program with a presentation on leveraging digital innovation in the life sciences industry to improve patient outcomes. “Our CXO events address key emerging trends in the digital economy that impact decision makers every day,” said Kevin Parikh, CEO of Avasant. “The New York event showcased how combining the power of digital technologies with business model innovation can make organizations more competitive and customer-centric.” Shevy Magen, Senior Director, HCL Technologies, said, “Avasant remains at the forefront of the technology sector hosting an array of tech thought leaders at their showcase event, Empowering Beyond NY.” Other distinguished speakers included: Anupam Govil, Partner, Avasant; Scot Allen, Product Marketing – Managing Director, Verizon; Brian Tumpowsky, Director of Digital Technology, USGA; Albert Eng, Managing Director, TIAA-CREF; and Aninda Bose, Managing Director, TCG Digital About Avasant Avasant is a leading management consulting firm focused on translating the power of technology into realizable business strategies. Specializing in digital and IT transformation, sourcing advisory, global strategy, and governance services, Avasant prides itself on delivering high-value engagements through industry focused innovation. Avasant’s seasoned professionals have an average of 20 years of industry-honed expertise, having conducted 1000+ engagements in over 40 countries. Avasant’s next generation consulting and advisory methods have made it the top-ranked firm in its class, with accolades from numerous organizations, including: Vault, NOA, IAOP, and Wall Street Journal. Avasant’s engagement in the global market has inspired a strong commitment to community through its non profit arm, Avasant Foundation, which supports technology and skill development programs to create employment opportunities for youth. For more information, visit Follow news, photos and video on Twitter at, Facebook at, and LinkedIn at For complete event details, please visit For further information, contact: Rebeca Hassan